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Ditch slur on MLA before elections

RJD MLA from Phulwarishariff Udai Manjhi allegedly went back on his word of marrying a girl, Radha. The girl claimed that she had an affair with the young MLA for the past three years. She declared that she had visited Sanjay Biological Park, the favourite spot of lovebirds, with the MLA. He had promised me that he would marry me but now he is backing out,” Radha said. Much to the anxiety of Udai, the girl and her parents went to the house of RJD chief Lalu Prasad to take up the matter with him. But the security guards did not allow them to enter the house of the RJD boss. Udai refuted the charge, saying it is a conspiracy to malign his image before the polls. He said that he knew the girl but had never promised to marry her. Love affairs tumble out at the most unwanted time, especially during elections. During the last Lok Sabha polls, an MP had his ticket snatched away when a woman turned up claiming to be his first wife. In the 1980s, an MP lost in the elections when a Delhi-based woman turned up at his constituency and claimed to be his lover. The defeated MP claimed that it was the work of an adversary in his own party.

Deserted office

The displeasure of workers over the distribution of tickets has compelled several parties to close their office. Leaders have gone under cover. Former MLA Amernath Tiwari and his supporters were protesting against the denial of tickets and allotment of Congress tickets to those who had come from the RJD at Sadaquat Ashram, the Congress office. Another former MLA and other leaders of Purnea region declared that they had come to resign from the party. But the state Congress party office was locked. “There is nobody to give the resignation letter to,” said an agitated Congress worker. In fact, the displeasure shown by workers has become a headache for police. “We have to provide security to political party offices so that they can be saved from being ransacked,” said a district police officer.

Going down

MPs and Union ministers of yesteryears used to hate the idea of contesting the Assembly polls. It was considered a downward move. But this election has seen many former MPs taking a shot at the Assembly polls. Virtually every party is fielding former MPs. Just to name a few, Chhedi Paswan, twice MP of Sasaram, is currently a minister in the Nitish regime. Ranjita Ranjan was MP of Saharsa. Nagmani was an MP from Chatra and a Union minister. Giridhari Yadav was an MP from Banka.... “They accept the degradation. The perks of a legislator is enough to tempt them to go for it,” said an old-timer.

Bridge rift bid

RJD MLA Phulena Singh is trying to bridge the gap with the RJD chief. Though he won on an RJD ticket last time, he campaigned for JD (U) candidate Lallan Singh in the Munger parliamentary seat in the 2009 polls. Now that Lallan is out of Nitish Kumar's favoured list and is dvocating the return of the Congress to power in Bihar, Phulena is trying his best to mend ways with Lalu. He as hooked on to Lalu's close confidant Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav.
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